Nintendo shared a very special Nindies direct on Wednesday, August 30th, 2017. The show kicked off with the surprise announcement of Super Meat Boy Forever and ended with Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes. The other really big news from the direct was that Steamworld Dig 2 will launch on September 21st. The direct ran for 22 minutes and showcased a number a new games that will be launching for the Switch between September and Early 2018. Here are 5 games from the direct to keep on your radar.
Golf Story is a story driven golf game…if you didn’t catch that by it’s name. Your character has one last shot to be the best golfer in the world. To do this, you will visit 8 different hubs to completely, not just standard golf, but a variety of challenges that can only be solved using your amazing golf skills.
Golf Story stands out first because of it’s unique pixel art design. The game looks like a classic, 16-Bit game similar to something like Chrono Trigger of Final Fantasy. However, to be clear, Golf Story is not an RPG but rather a golf game. You appear to go from location to location completing tasks, like mowing the grass, to level up your golfer before taking on the course. This is a game that should get Switch fans excited, it is something wholly unique. The best news of all is that the game is out in September so there isn’t long to wait.
Mulaka is a 3D action-adventure game set in Northern Mexico. The game is based on the native american people, the Rarámuri or Tarahumara. You control a shaman character who sets out on an adventure to fight against the corruption that has come into the land.
Mulaka was probably one of, if not the, biggest surprise of the Nindies presentation. It’s probably a toss up between Mulaka and Super Meat Boy Forever, to be honest. Right away, the art design steals the show. It has a papercraft vibe and evokes the same visual style as the papercraft stories in Kubo and the Two Strings. The trailer shows Sukurúame, your character, running and battling against rock monsters and other creatures. It also shows your character transforming into a bird, a bear, and a wild cat of some kind. No confirmation if these are the only animals you will be able to transform into or if there will be others. Another small note which shouldn’t be overlooked is that the game will be narrated in the Tarahumara native tongue and feature music from their unique culture. Nintendo says Mulaka will be releasing in 2018.
Yono and the Celestial Elephant is a single player adventure game. The player controls Yono, an adorable elephant, in a 3D environment. Yono will explore various world areas and dungeons. Yono will also learn abilities that are activated with his trunk, like air and fire.
If you didn’t instantly call in love with Yono, you might want to check your pulse. Yono has an adorable, cartoon-ish art design similar to something like Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. Adventure games feel right at home on the Switch so it makes sense for Yono to find a home here. The game is cute and appears to be accessible for a younger audience. The trailer has a chicken riding on Yono’s back which says everything you need to know. The game is currently dated for October 12th, 2017.
Light Fingers is a procedural generated, local multiplayer, interactive board game. The story is about a group of medieval characters who get together at the local tavern to play a clockwork board game. It is a turned based adventure for up to 4 players. You roll dice, flip cards, and tackle real-time events to rake in all the loot you can.
The first impression of Light Fingers is that the game is gorgeous. The clockwork board unfolds as the players progress in almost a pop-out book manner. From the trailer, it looks to be very interactive and include real-time challenge sections. In these sections, which you can see in the video, there is one player running through obstacles while 3 floating hands are on the screen interacting with the objects on the board. This allows players to influence a person’s turn rather than just watch while a turn is being played out. For a system that’s made to be played on the roof with Karen and her friends, Light Fingers seems perfectly fit for the Switch. It is currently scheduled for release in 2018.
Sausage Sports Club is a game where long necked animals play quasi sports on a TV show. If that sounded weird, wait until you see the trailer. The game takes place in a 3D area where up to 8 players can run around and compete in several different games. There is also an Adventure Mode that can be played alone or Co-Op with up to 4 players.
Sausage Sports Club is the kind of game that is perfect for families, especially big ones. Boasting up to 8 players at a time, it’s also a great party game for friends. Nintendo, for years now, has always championed couch Co-Op and wacky multiplayer games, and Sausage Sports Club seems to be continuing this trend. It looks like you will run around knocking friends into spikes, score goals with giant soccer balls, and even painting the ground similar to Splatoon all for the chance to unlock crazy new characters and wacky new gear for your animals. Nintendo says that Sausage Sports Club will be out in Fall of 2017.
Nintendo is doing a great job right now of offering a broad mixture of titles to it’s audience. From bonkers titles like “Mom Hid My Game” to the bizarre 4×4 shooter, “Morphies Law”. It’s a pretty safe bet that there was something in the direct for just about everyone. What games from the Nindies Direct are you most looking forward too? Let us know in the comments.